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John Walters
September 30, 1996
The Vikings, who came from behind to defeat the previously unbeaten Packers 30-21, have outscored their opponents 42-3 in the fourth quarter this season....
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September 30, 1996

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The Vikings, who came from behind to defeat the previously unbeaten Packers 30-21, have outscored their opponents 42-3 in the fourth quarter this season....

Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell, who through Sunday led the NFL in passing yardage with 1,163, threw touchdown passes of 41, 51 and 61 yards in Jacksonville's 28-25 overtime loss at New England; previously, his longest touchdown throw measured 38 yards....

The 49ers' leading rusher, Derek Loville, has 130 yards in three starts, and folks in the Bay Area are beginning to remind team president Carmen Policy that the Niners passed up Karim Abdul-Jabbar (280 yards for Miami going into Monday night's game) in the second round of the draft in favor of defensive end project Israel Ifeanyi, who has been deactivated for two of San Francisco's three games....

The AFC's leading receiver (29 catches) is former Mesa (Colo.) College quarterback Tony Martin, now a seventh-year wideout for the Chargers....

Keep an eye on second-year Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks, who already has a team-high 40 tackles....

Seattle's Rick Mirer threw his first scoring pass in eight games, a five-yarder to Brian Blades, in the Seahawks' 17-13 win at Tampa Bay....

The Cardinals, under new coach Vince Tobin, have had two punts blocked in their first four games; before this season Arizona had not allowed a blocked punt since 1990....

Bears defensive tackle Jim Flanigan, whom Chicago sometimes uses as a short-yardage blocker, caught a one-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter of Chicago's 35-16 loss at Detroit. In two-plus seasons in the NFL, Flanigan has four TD receptions....

The AFC East is 6-1 versus its NFC East counterparts this season; only the Giants, who beat the Jets 13-6 on Sunday, have a win....

Packers fans, beware: Green Bay has lost 12 of its last 14 games on artificial turf and is 2-8 in its last 10 dome games. Super Bowl XXXI will be played on artificial turf in the Louisiana Superdome.

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